Pathological study of the prevalence of silicosis among coal miners in Iran: A case history

One of the most hazardous diseases that is commonly associated with the coal mining industry is Silicosis which caused by dust inhalation.This disease occurs as a result of prolonged breathing of dust containing silica (quartz).The generation of coal mine dust during underground and surface coal mining is the most significant source of coal dust exposure.Silica dust develops scar tissue inside the lungs which reduces the lungs ability to extract oxygen from the air.All miners working in underground and surface coal mines are at risk of being exposed to mine dust containing silica.In this study,cases with pathologic diagnosis of silicosis during seven years period between 2000 and 2007 were retrieved,from the pathologic file of Department of Pathology,Massih Daneshvary Hospital in Iran.Results of this case study showed the great effects of dust exposure and inhalation from the viewpoint of symptoms especially between the miners.© 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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